New York Fishing Podcast

Episode 15

As we head into the peak of the hot summer days, New York Fishing has remained good, and you get some great insight to the summer doldrums in this New York Fishing Podcast. In this episode, George Scocca speaks with New York Legend Billy the Greek on his approach this time of year. We also welcome aboard Capt Mark of Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle, as he shares his insight on what you should be zeroing in on in the mid-sound. And then we have our resident NY Angler, Anthony Gucciardo tells us about his offshore tuna trip.

In this New York Fishing Podcast episode, George also talks about the many inexperienced boaters and anglers we’re seeing this year. And how important it is for them to take their time and learn the rules of the road. Learn to be courteous and don’t be anchoring up in the middle of a drifting fleet!

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The Future of Plum Island

Plum Island

Plum Island has a long history starting with the first battle between British and colonial troops during the revolutionary war. George Washington sent troops to the island close to where the present site of the lighthouse in 1775, to stop raids of their livestock.

The earliest record of a settler on the island dates to 1659, when one Samuel Wyllys bought Plum Island from Wyandanch, the senior chief of the four Indian tribes that controlled most of Long Island at the time. The recorded purchase price was “one coat, one barrel of biscuits and 100 fish-hooks.” Turn ahead the clock a few centuries and this now top secrete island could be sold to the highest bidder!
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center runs about 30,000 diagnostic tests each year. The facility’s research program includes developing diagnostic tools and biologicals for foot-and-mouth disease and other diseases of livestock. The center comprises 70 buildings (many of them dilapidated) on 840 acres Plum Island has its own fire department, power plant, water treatment plant and security.

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Montauk Monster
We have heard all the debunked theories of the work on the island. From Lyme disease to encephalitis to the ever-famous Montauk Monster – which turned out to be a raccoon – the conspiracy theories run deep. Truth is, Plum Island is much more than that. With hundreds of bird species to its beautiful lake, this island deserves to be conserved for the public to enjoy one day.

In this podcast, I speak with Louise Harrison, New York Natural Areas Coordinator, Save the Sound.

We discuss the efforts being pushed forward by a group of 108 organizations that oppose selling the island to the highest bidder.

Listen in and hear what you can do to help restore Plum Island to its days of glory.


Long Island Sound Tautog Study

Part 1 of a special series on the Long Island Sound

This is the first of a series of special podcasts George will be hosting that is related to the Long Island Sound. Professor Eric T Schultz headed the Long Island Sound Tautog Study. The Bio-economic Outcomes under Alternative Management Strategies with Human Choice and Behavior: Modeling Tautog and Anglers’ Preferences.

Shultz was assisted by Zhenshan Chen, Graduate Research Assistant Pengfei Liu, Stephen Swallow and Jacob M. Kasper Graduate Research Assistant.

These are not recommendations and the Long Island Sound study was conducted with input from the New York Department of Conservation. and Connecticut recreational anglers by UCONN and Sea Grant from Connecticut.

If you enjoy the tautog fishery, now is a great time to get involved and be educated on how anglers feel about the future management of tautog. If there is one thing lacking in fisheries management it’s how and where our anglers are being informed. For example, anglers under the age of 40 supported a striped bass slot fish this year. They did so, mostly in part of the successes of the redfish and snook slots down south. But what’s good for one fish might not be good for another.

Hopefully, this can be followed up with another survey giving us the true economic impact that the Long Island Sound Tautog fishery has on both New York and Connecticut. I know that’s the plan, but in these days of covid-19 plans change quickly.

The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the biological and economic impacts of alternative recreational fishery management practices. Taking anglers’ behavioral changes into consideration. Our project focuses on Tautog fishing in Long Island Sound. We have developed a baseline population model that can project how the stock responds to different regulatory approaches.

More on this survey can be found on the UCONN website. You can also find more in the attachment found in the post below.


Why I oppose a Slot for Striped Bass

Plus Local Reports From Smallmouth to Bluefin!

Is a Slot for Striped Bass the answer? George Scocca, the founder of Nor’east Saltwater and Noreast.com, gives his case of why a slot fish is not the answer for striped bass. Do you agree or disagree? George also talks about why he does support a slot for a tautog.

In this episode, we speak with a number of local fishing tackle owners and anglers. They give us some insight on their thinking and tactics.

15 Pound Fluke!

Then he speaks with “Tony Fish” the local angler that caught the fish of a lifetime.He bagged a 15-pound fluke while fishing inside of Jamaica Bay. When you listen you’ll hear all of the particulars.

Other guests in this episode include John of Hudson Park Bait and Tackle. Steve Luft – a long time fishing partner of George with over 40-years of experience of fishing everywhere from his local reservoirs to the Canyons. He is truly a fishing nut. He recently sent us a photo of a 34-inch striped bass he caught in the morning and a 4-pound smallmouth he caught at Kensico.

Then there’s Anthony Gucciardo,, the founder of our nyangler Instagram account, and he gives us a first-hand report of the great inshore bluefin bite that we’re seeing right now. And finally there’s Candy from Caraftis Fishing Station and if it swims there she knows about it! Candy checks in with the latest action they’re seeing in the Port Jefferson area of the sound.

We will be adding more reports each week, as well as deliver our special episodes that will intrigue all anglers! Next week we have a special episode dedicated to the future of tautog in Long Island Sound. Please be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you use to listen to your podcasts.

Please send your questions, comments and suggestions to George at george@nyangler.com.



Billy the Greek, FlounderJoe and Donald Trump weigh in on this entertaining and informative podcast

This is our best podcast yet. Donald Trump, Billy the Greek, Flounderjoe, as well as all of your favorite features. The podcast begins with George Scocca explain why we need to get our party and charter boats back in business. Why is it we can enter a packed Lowes or Supermarket but we can’t get on a party or charter boat? Many forget that fishing is a sport that contributes over 3-billion dollars a year to our local economies. It also helps to relax anglers that haven’t fished in months and are dealing with financial chaos.

George hears from our President, and he speaks with Billy the Greek about our best bet tactics and places to find striped bass from the beaches. Then we have some insight from a popular figure on nyangler.com Flounder Joe, who is just getting over COVID-19 and plans to get back out fishing as soon as he’s able. Add to that all of our regular features and you have an hour of fishing fun.


Covid-19 and Getting ready for Tautog!

As we weave through this virus attacking the world, George suggests taking advantage of this great weather and get in on the opening of the saltwater fishing season. Yes Covid-19 could throw a monkey wrench into many of our plans. But if you want "social distance" we can’t think of a better way to achieve that than to find your secrete spot and spend some time there.

This year’s tautog season includes the month of April for New York Recreational Anglers to keep two a day at a minimum of 16-inches. Many of the females you catch will be egg laden as it is spawning season. Please consider returning them. They females represent the future of the health of the tog fishery.

Winter flounder season also opens on April 1st. You’re allowed two flounder a day.

As of this broadcast, party and charter boats will not be allowed to leave the dock, and tackle shops are being creative. This moving target could change as we move forward. So please check the nysdec.gov website for updates. George feels strongly that we should get as many people outdoors as possible.

To lighten it up a bit and hopefully help you back in fishing mode. George speaks with Captain Mike Bady of Captains Table Charters in Greenport. Captain Mike is known as one of the most knowledgeable tautog fishermen on the north fork. You will know why after listening to his interview.

As we head into these crazy times ahead lets practice all of the tips provided to us by the CDC. And spend as much time on the water as possible!


E9 – All New York Fishing!

In Episode 9 of the New York Fishing Podcast, George speaks with Bob Wilson about this Saturday’s Ward Melville Fishing Show. The show has over 300 tables of fishing gear this year and a lineup of some of the region’s top speakers. George also speaks with Captain Vinnie Calabro of Karen Ann charters as he readies his fleet for some early striped bass light tackle fishing out of New Jersey. Spring is around the corner and the fish won’t be far behind so be sure to subscribe to this podcast!


Where have all the bluefish gone? E8

In this episode, I talk about my long-standing opposition to the original Bluefish plan that included the transfer of quota from the recreational sector to the commercial sector. Come to think of it now that we are seeing a separate for hire mode, why not give the fish to them. They won’t catch them either.

I also speak with Dustin Colson Learning, the ASMFC Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Bluefish, northern shrimp, summer flounder, scup, winter flounder

We talk about the plans for the future of this great gamefish. The fact is that bluefish are in much worse shape than striped bass, yet no one seems to care. When you consider we’re catching too many striped bass, and too few bluefish that alone should explain it.

There are meetings up and down the coast on this I would ask all of our rec anglers to let the ASMFC know that we don’t want to see a transfer. When we release a fish, we want it to count.


New York Fishing Podcast Episode 7

In this episode of the New York Fishing Podcast, George speaks with Captain Joe Paradiso of the Nautic Lady. He is also President of the New York Sportfishing Federation, www.nysf.org . They talk about the role of the NYSF in protecting anglers’ rights and their Annual Fishing Show in Freeport.  Also in this epsiode of the New York Fishing Podcast, we play part two of the interview with Billy "The Greek" Legakis. The "Legend" talks about the old days of bridge fishing and how he attacks each season. Therefore, it’s a must listen to if you target striped bass.

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New York Fishing Winters

New York Fishing Podcast

In this episode of the New York Fishing Podcast, George speaks with Captain Joe Paradiso of the Nautic Lady. Capt. Joe talks a bit about last years fishing on the North Fork. He is also President of the New York Sportfishing Federation, www.nysf.org and he represents New York anglers on many boards. He dedicates a lot of his time protecting both our fisheries and our rights. They talk about the role of the NYSF in protecting anglers’ rights and their Annual Fishing Show in Freeport. Their show is February 15, and 16 at the Freeport Recreational Center.

The NYSF Annual Fishing Show is the longest-running fishing show on Long Island. There are plenty of local tackle providers and they have a speaker lineup that will keep you busy learning from some of the region’s top anglers. The last look of updated speakers has some of the best of the best and this show is a great way to start getting ready for next season.

They also have a great auction on Sunday where you can get some great deals on tackle while supporting the NYSF, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and their efforts.

Billy “The Greek” Legakis

We also play part two of the interview with Billy “The Greek” Legakis, as he talks about the old days of bridge fishing and how he attacks each season. It’s a must listen to if you target striped bass.

Bluefish Limit to be Reduced to 3-fish bag for private anglers and 5-fish bag for charter and party boats.

Watch for next week’s episode featuring representatives from the ASMFC as we get all of the up to date information on our 3-fish bag limit on blues coming in 2020.

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